Monday, April 16, 2012

Yellow Stripes Paint the Path of Success


MB Motorsports Press Release -  April 18, 2012

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to follow in the footsteps of a great athlete? How big the imprint may have been left behind? How much more pressure one would face? Any doubt must be left behind as the moment of truth falls onto a new rookie driver following in the footsteps of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup driver, Carl Edwards.

There is a lot to be said about the journey to the top of any athlete’s career. This driver’s particular journey has left a trail of yellow stripes for others to follow. Ever wondered how to make it into the big leagues of motorsports? Yellow Stripes Making the Driver is a documentary that has molded an aspiring driver into an official NASCAR racecar driver. Charlie Patterson, the agent, scouts out new racing talent and molds them into great racecar drivers. Patterson’s company, NexGen Motorsports, has been working with rookie Scott Stenzel for the last four years and has experienced successful runs in that time. One of Patterson’s recent achievements was bringing Stenzel to Mike Mittler, owner of  MB Motorsports.

“In my 51 years of racing I have never met a driver that has so many of the traits I look for in a driver from Scott’s skill to marketability I’m thrilled and excited to be at this level with him,” commented Patterson. “I feel comfortable bringing Scott to Mike Mittler, a premier truck series owner, they should be able to achieve great results.” Charlie has had past success with MB Motorsports, including pairing them with the late Kenny Irwin, Jr.

MB Motorsports has a rich racing heritage and a deeply rooted tradition of finding and developing young athletes into Championship caliber racecar drivers. They entered the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in its inaugural season in 1995 and have competed in the series every year since, making them the oldest and longest running team in the series. MB Motorsports has helped shape the careers of drivers including Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Regan Smith, Justin Allgaier and Kenny Wallace among others. Mike Mittler, President and GM of Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool, has dedicated his life to achieving greatness on and off track.

MB Motorsports has been racing Ford F-Series trucks since they first took to the track in 1995, but will arrive at Kansas Speedway fielding a Chevy Silverado. Mittler had this to say about the change, “The opportunity presented itself to us and it was a win-win deal. The last two races we have not had that much luck running the Ford program, so we felt this may be the change we needed to regain our momentum.” The black #65 MB Motorsports Chevy features a chassis from the KHI stable and a brand new motor from PME to furnish some fresh smoke in the hopes for a great combination. To finish it off will be a fresh coat of paint to ordain those infamous “Yellow Stripes” on the rear bumper.

“Bringing new talent into the sport is what I do,” Mittler states, “with Scott, there is no question about his talent. It’s the addition of having a background in advertising and marketing that makes our relationship even stronger. When I went to the making the driver website and heard Scott’s story I had a desire to help him accomplish his goal together.” The goal set forth in the Yellow Stripes program is to take a rookie driver to Daytona. The journey there must start small and that’s where Mittler is excited to assist in this effort. Before taking to a NASCAR event at Daytona it’s very important to race with the same group of people on a smaller circuit and Kansas just so happened to be that circuit. Drivers here get a great sense of speed along with aero experience and incredible g forces.

Following in the giant footsteps of Carl Edwards can be quite intimidating as a rookie coming up through the ranks. “Finally, a once in a lifetime opportunity has came to pass,” Stenzel remarked, “knowing there are people out there still willing to do something great in this world means more than anything to me. Mr. Mittler has offered to give me a shot, all I can think to myself is I better not screw this one up!”

Interestingly enough there is some previous history between Scott and Carl. He had met Cart at 2004 Daytona 500 while “stilt walking” for the event. In order to be seen you have to take extreme measures, in this case it was standing 10 feet above everyone. Carl had invited Scott and his crew back to hang out at the motor home where they shared in conversation and left unknowingly that they’d be crossing paths in the near future.

During Scott’s first NASCAR K&N Series debut he had the pleasure of working with Carl’s spotter, Jason Hadlesky, where he kept him out of trouble and helped coach him about the lines and traffic at race speeds.

Now, Scott will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in a truck owned by Mike Mittler, the very same man who gave Carl his first series start.  Adding to these interesting coincidences, it was none other than Carl Edwards behind the wheel for MB Motorsports when the NCWTS made its debut at Kansas Speedway.

“It’s an honor to race for MB Motorsports and to have Mike Mittler as crew chief. His history of helping mold great drivers gives me the confidence I need when at the race track,” says Stenzel. “Our main focus this weekend is to qualify the truck in the race. To us that’s a huge win. Anything else that happens will be just icing on the cake.”

In order to prepare for his big NASCAR debut Scott has put in countless hours behind the wheel of his sim racing cockpit at the comfort of his home. There he’s been training with the pros at Sim Factory on their new beta version of trucks at Kansas Speedway as well as some iRacing with his racing buddies. “Whatever you can do to get the seat time you need before any event is important. Not only does it help you get comfortable with the visual points on the track but it also gives you that added confidence when you finally get behind the wheel,” states Scott.

MB Motorsports marks their 11th attempt at Kansas Speedway as they register the #65 Making the Driver Chevy Silverado.

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